A new name emerging out of Pennsylvania is junior defensive end Joey Hobbs of Mechanicsburg High School. At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, Hobbs has begun to turn heads.
"The recruiting process started a little slow, but it's picking up," said Hobbs. "I get tons of mail from Pitt, Rutgers and some from Cincinnati. I got invited to their home games coming up."
Besides these three schools, Hobbs has also started to receive consistent interest from Penn State, Missouri, Nebraska and Temple.
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With more interest coming his way, Hobbs already knows what he hopes to find in his future school.
"I am hoping to find a family at the school I attend, and somewhere safe and comfortable," said Hobbs. "I'm looking for a place where I'll see playing time if I work hard enough and I want a great education of course. I want to major in English. I'm a writer and enjoy writing poetry."
On the field this fall Hobbs lines up at defensive end and also offensive tackle.
"My game has progressed so much," he said. "I'm so much more disciplined and I'm a natural leader. My work ethic has also improved greatly."
While Hobbs is receiving a majority of his early recruiting interest as a defensive end, he is beginning to believe that his future may be on the offensive side of the ball.
"I wouldn't mind being a top recruit on the offensive line," said Hobbs. "I get a lot of pancakes in each game. I love to clear the way for my running backs and protecting my quarterback."